August 19, 2015

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myWPI New Feature Spotlight for Instructors: Qwickly

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We’ve introduced a new tool to myWPI this summer called Qwickly. Qwickly is a tool that brings commonly used (and often buried) functions of myWPI to a simple to use module on your Home screen. Qwickly has four main features: Course Availability, Post Announcement, Send Email, and Needs Grading.   Before Qwickly, you had to […]

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August 3, 2015

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“Spring” Cleaning: Clean up your myWPI home screen

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It’s far from Spring, but in my 10 years experience in higher ed, there’s often not much time in the Spring for self-improvement.  I’ve found it’s helpful to take the short summer break to clean things up in preparation for the inevitably hectic Fall semester!  It’s important to create good feng shui in the main entry or foyer […]

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April 3, 2015

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Spotlight on Student Engagement: Blackboard’s Retention Center

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Have you wanted a simple way to track student performance in your course and identify students at risk? Then Retention Center in myWPI might be a useful tool for you. The Retention Center can monitor in real-time if students are at academic risk in your course based on criteria you define. There are 4 customizable […]

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February 18, 2015

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How are clickers being used on campus? And who is using them?

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Are you curious as to who uses clickers on campus? How are they using clickers? What insights can they give to new users just getting started? Below you’ll find WPI professors who have been using clickers successfully and consistently. They’ve been asked 4 questions to help give an idea of how they are using clickers. […]

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February 12, 2015

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Create Competition with Clickers

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Did you know that you can divide your class and form teams with clickers during your PowerPoint lecture? You can! Adding in teams, who will be competing through out the lecture, will add a heightened focus as our inner need to compete is strong. If you are already familiar with creating PowerPoint clicker questions – […]

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February 11, 2015

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Best Practices: Taking a Test in Blackboard

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I’ve written up a short but sweet ‘Best Practices’ document for students to review prior to taking a quiz or test in Blackboard. Please feel free to use this (or parts of this) in preparing instructions for a test, or include a link to this post in your myWPI course.   Taking a test or […]

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January 9, 2015

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Announcing New Features in myWPI!

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Welcome back everyone! Over the past week the hosting group and the ATC completed a software upgrade to myWPI. Throughout the month of December, we performed extensive testing on the upgrade and don’t anticipate any problems. However, if you do notice anything out of the ordinary, please don’t hesitate to contact the Helpdesk at ext. […]

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December 23, 2014

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myWPI unavailable week of 1/5/15 to 1/9/15

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The myWPI learning management system, http://my.wpi.edu will be unavailable from January 5th to January 9th 2015 due to a necessary software upgrade to maintain the service contract with our vendor.  Access to myWPI and Blackboard Mobile Learn will be unavailable during the upgrade. NOTE: We will send out an e-mail notification when the system is […]

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December 18, 2014

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The app that we’ve all been waiting for is here! Echo360 for Tablets!!

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Over the past few years, the ATC has fielded requests from many instructors concerning how they might record annotated videos using their tablets. And have them publish to their myWPI site using Echo360, our lecture capturing system. For the earlier, we always recommended the iPad app “Explain Everything.” However, for the latter, we never had a great […]

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December 2, 2014

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Introducing the new myWPI BB Grader App for iPad

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Blackboard released a new mobile app for iPad to allow grading on the go for myWPI!  Download the new BB Grader App on your iPad to provide annotated feedback to your students via inline grading. Now use the commenting tool, highlighter, text selection tool, strikeout tool, and drawing tool provided all within the app on […]

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